ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) Review

Its flexibility is achieved by being easy to use, and at the same time having very sophisticated FlexConnectors.

What is most valuable?

The best feature of ArcSight is its flexibility. Almost no other vendor provides such a good framework to collect, parse, and analyze data. Its flexibility is achieved by being easy to use, and at the same time having very sophisticated FlexConnectors. Also, I've found ArcSight's correlation engine to be the most advanced on the market.

How has it helped my organization?

My customers who use ArcSight report that it becomes very useful in incident detection and forensics. It's really sped up disclosure of inappropriate activity in information systems and on the network. Flexible event collection allows getting crucial events from almost every possible source. And correlation abilities are incredible if you know how to cook it.

What needs improvement?

Many competitors are going down the road of combining their products with other security products, such as vulnerability scanning, configuration control etc. HP's position doesn't change in that area as they offer to use their standalone solutions and integrate them in ArcSight. There are no embedded scanners or network forensics. Maybe it's time for HP to rethink that position.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with HP ArcSight since 2008. All that time, the product has been growing and evolving, trying to give us more profit and a better experience to old and new customers.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If you encounter serious performance problems, you didn't size correctly prior to deployment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability options are pretty good although costly.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Every product has its stability bugs, and ArcSight is not an exception, though I haven't found anything critical.

Technical Support:

I must say that tech support is getting worse and worse every year. Hard cases may "hang" for months. In simple cases, support often demonstrates a lack of deep knowledge. When ArcSight was not HP, its product support was much much better. Even first-line support could help with anything.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As a systems integrator, we constantly evaluate different solutions and deploy not one but many of them. My personal opinion is that a crucial feature for a SIEM system is flexibility. The more you can tune, adjust, and develop the system, you will get more profit from it. If we're talking about SIEM solutions, then no one can offer such flexibility as ArcSight. Splunk maybe, but Splunk is not SIEM, and to get SIEM-like features from it you spend more time and money.

What about the implementation team?

As a system integrator, I always say that implementation must be done by an experienced team. SIEM solutions are not easy, so if time is important, do not rely on doing it haphazardly.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We would like it to be cheaper, but the licensing model is pretty simple.

What other advice do I have?

You need to read the documentation - you can then get it fast and working. If you do not read the documentation, you get pain and tears. Look for an experienced team to deploy the solution, or get experience yourself as HP has some good learning courses.

Deep knowledge of the product will come later, but for the correct implementation you need to be prepared. ArcSight has wonderful community, and you can always ask a question or find an interesting use case there. It's a very useful resource indeed, do not hesitate to visit it.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We integrate ArcSight for our customers.
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